Memorialize the Moments from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks so much for coming by. Grab your coffee and come on in so we can talk about this day of remembrance that was proclaimed in 1868, but I think if we look in the Big Book, we can see traditions of memorializing the One who died in service as well.

Years ago, I wasn’t as affected by the meaning of this day as I am now, and that was mostly due to my own ignorance of its meaning. That was before the war in Iraq, and before 9-11. But I’d be willing to bet that one out of every three people have someone close to them serving our country now in what can seem to be a senseless battle.

Few of us like to talk about it, though, so instead, we are inundated with ads in the newspapers talking about “Memorial Day” sales and many fill this day with hunting for bargains in the stores. Many use the extra day off work as an excuse to party, whatever the case may be. And I’m certainly not saying that those serving would want us to be all morose and sad and depressed. But I betcha they’d love to know that we are memorializing the moments of freedom that we have in a special way and that we never, ever forget.

None of us know when our time here with our family and friends will come to an end, but when one is called into the military, they go with the understanding and the willingness to sacrifice not just their time, the comforts of home sweet home and their freedom, but many of them go in knowing that their lives will be on the line. I can’t speak for them; I have no idea how that must feel. I just know as time progresses, and our nation founded under God flounders in moral decay, I am learning to memorialize the moments and appreciate all that they do.

How is it that we thank those who are serving, pay tribute to those who have served, honor the families who have lost loved ones while serving? When we take time to memorialize the moments, we pay tribute to those serving for the sake of our freedom. As far back as the days of Moses, the people did special things to memorialize the times that they knew that they knew that they knew that God had come through for them. In fact, they had some pretty cool ways of memorializing things and the reason they did these things was so they wouldn’t ever, ever forget what He had done.

Not just today, but every day, may we offer up a prayer of thanks for the gift of our freedom that many before us have paid for with their lives, a special blessing for the families who have lost loved ones who’ve served, and a hedge of protection upon the ones currently serving, as well as encouragement and strength for their families too.

Enjoy the moments . . .



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